Here you will find some basic demographic and economic data for Portugal, plus information specific to the Portuguese medical device and healthcare industry.
Capital city: Lisbon
Total area: 92072 km²
Population: 10.6 million
Structure of population:
0-14 years: 15%
15-64 years: 67%
65 years and over: 18% (2011 est.)
Life expectancy at birth:
Male: 76 years
Female: 82 years
Healthcare expenditures total (% of GDP): 10.7%
Healthcare expenditures per capita: $2365 (USD)
Expenditures on healthcare:
Number of hospitals: public 111, private 93 (2006 data)
Healthcare financing: The Ministry of Health allocates global budgets based on the previous year's funding and, with a growing portion, on the DRG system. Health centers are responsible for delivering primary health care. These centers receive a small budget for rent, utilities etc., based on historical costs. All other costs are directly paid by the sub-regional coordination level.
Medical device industry: The Portuguese medical device market is relatively small and valued at €445.5 million. Portugal is a small-sized consumer and consumed €404 million in medical devices (2% of the total EU consumption). Public sector procurement is very centralized and highly price competitive. Consumables and supplies, including surgical requirements such as sutures and pacemakers, are purchased on a twice-yearly basis (April and October) by a central purchasing board acting on behalf of all public hospitals. The appointment of a local agent for the Portuguese market is essential. The majority of medical equipment sales are made by specialised importers and distributors. However, there has been a trend for more foreign companies to set up an establishment in Portugal to take direct control of product distribution.
* Government expenditures include all spending on healthcare passed through governmental agencies regardless of the funding source. Source: World Health Organization global health expenditure database. 2010 data.
** Private healthcare expenditures include private medical insurance, direct out-of-pocket payments by the consumer and other non-governmental sources. Source: World Health Organization global health expenditure database. 2010 data.